Today we have Ruby of Ruby’s Reads continuing the blogoversary celebration. Today is the last day of guest posts, and tomorrow is the last day of the celebration, when On a Book Bender actually for real turns 1.
Wait–How Long Did You Say I’ve Been Blogging?
As Amanda’s blogging senior of eight (nine?) months, I am naturally a font of bloggy wisdom. Therefore, when she approached me thusly: “O, Great One, I beseech thee, give me guidance on this, my second year of blogging,” (accompanied of course, by the ritual offering of #NakedWerewolves and the obeisance that was naturally due to me), I responded:
“My child, the sophomore year of blogging is a sacred time. Cherish it, and it will cherish you.”
And, my friends, what truth I spoke! In the second year of your blog, I predict the following things:
- You will really, truly, begin to see the fruits of your labor. You’ve seen them before, but now? They will smack you upside the head and then smile beatifically at you.
- The feeling of constantly playing catch-up will lessen. It won’t entirely disappear, but by this time, you’ll be more familiar with blogging events you missed out on because you didn’t even know about them until they were happening. There will also be less of that interminable “WoW? TSC? SEO? WTF IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW?!” head-in-hands panicking.
- You’ll realize that you’ve made friends, and formulated friendships. Seriously, this is the time to reflect on those first days of blogging when you didn’t know anyone, and to repay the kindnesses that bloggers showed you during your newbie days.
- Now that you have been blogging for a year, you’ll have a readership. For me, the year mark was when I finally stopped putting so much pressure on myself to “get my name out there.” I don’t mean I stopped worrying about it completely, or that I don’t continue to feel bad when I lose followers or people unsubscribe (I freaking wish they didn’t send me an email every time someone did), but that it’s become easier to content myself with organic growth. To wit: I predict that you will feel a zillion times more comfortable letting your content speak for itself in year two.
- My final prediction is that you’ll realize that there’s still a lot to learn. The learning curve may not be as steep as it once was, but there will be goals to set and aspirations to achieve. Your blog is a living thing. It needs nourishment and TLC. What I’m saying is: Huggle your blog. You both deserve it. Congrats on your first blogoversary!